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3 Tools You’ll Need In Your Pocket

Learn about negotiation, understanding other people's perspectives, and developing resilience

Join Defy Colorado mentor and Founders Circle member Jason as he discusses three critical tools for human interaction with the Defy crew and several Defy graduates. Jason admits he's still screwing them up, so that's why it's really important to know these three things: how to negotiate, how to understand other people's incentives, and how to be resilient. These three skills will make for more effective outcomes in all relationships, personal and professional.

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70 Million Jobs

70 Million Jobs is a job recruitment platform for the formerly incarcerated. 70 Million Jobs connects large, national employers to a powerful network of job seekers. 70 Million Jobs is committed to helping returning citizens find the work they need.

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A Personalized Startup Experience

great resource from the Colorado Office of Economic Opportunity and International Trade

Click on the website link to get started on your startup plan. The first step is their Small Business Resource Guide, an A-Z tutorial on how to start, grow or move a business to Colorado. You'll also be linked to the Small Business Navigator, which will walk you through the perplexing world of licenses, permits and other pertinent information to start or move your business to Colorado. Finally, they'll link you to the Nationally Accredited Colorado Small Business Development Center (COSBDC) Network. The COSBDC provides a variety of assistance to include free, confidential consulting to small business owners, as well as training programs at little or no cost at locations throughout the state. This resource is all about delivering personalized guidance to help you reach your goals, which is invaluable.

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AARP Foundation Senior Community Service Employment Program

800 Grant Street, Suite 201, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

AARP's Senior Community Service Employment Program helps low-income, unemployed individuals aged 55+ find work. Their help can increase your skills, build self-confidence, and place you with a local nonprofit or public agency where you will earn a modest salary. AARP Foundation will also help the job seeker 55 and older who has been justice-involved. Call to learn more and get started with their help.

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Activate Workforce Solutions

1580 Logan Street, Suite 740, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Activate Workforce Solutions provides free help for adult men and women looking to get into a fulltime career path job. They partner with many types of employers, from health care to manufacturing to apprenticeships. It's a great organization to get the coaching you need to become the best employee you can be. The first step is to contact Activate for a 10-15 minutes pre-screen by phone. They also require six months of sobriety and recent consistent work experience.

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Activate Workforce Solutions

1580 Logan Street, Suite 740, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Activate Workforce Solutions provides free help for adult men and women looking to get into a fulltime career path job. They partner with many types of employers, from health care to manufacturing to apprenticeships. It's a great organization to get the coaching you need to become the best employee you can be. The first step is to contact Activate for a 10-15 minutes pre-screen by phone. They also require six months of sobriety and recent consistent work experience.

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Alamosa Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

305 Murphy Dr Unit B, Alamosa CO 81101

Southwest

Alamosa

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call the local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Alamosa Workforce Center

407 State Ave Suite C, Alamosa CO 81101

Southwest

Alamosa

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Allied Forces Temporary Services–Thornton

8520 Washington Street, Suite N, Thornton CO 80229

Denver Metro

Thornton

Allied Forces Temporary Services may be able to help you find a temporary job, whether it’s for one day or for the long haul. Jobs are typically in the industrial, warehouse, manufacturing, construction, skilled trades, professional services and hospitality industries. Call the number for more information. The website also has current job listings.

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An Entrepreneur’s Journey–Tom’s Story

Learn how to start your startup!

Defy Colorado mentor, board member, and all around great guy, Tom Wyman gives a peek behind the curtain of the life of an entrepreneur. Topics include: the experience of founding SketchUp, the selling of SketchUp to Google, learning to ask for help, imposter syndrome, and more.

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Aurora Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

12510 E Iliff Ave. Suite 303, Aurora CO 80014

Denver Metro

Aurora

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call the local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Aurora–Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

15400 E. 14th Place, Lower Level, Aurora CO 80011

Denver Metro

Aurora

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Bayaud Enterprises

333 West Bayaud Avenue, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Bayaud Enterprises helps people seeking employment, struggling with homelessness, and people with disabilities. They have a Career Center that helps with computer skills, job search and placement help, opportunities for short-term employment, and more. When you call, you'll be set up with an intake appointment to talk about the programs and services they provide.

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Black Hawk–Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center

2960 Dory Hill Rd. Suite 100, Black Hawk CO 80403

Denver Metro

Black Hawk

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Boulder–Workforce Boulder County

5755 Central Ave., Boulder CO 80301

Denver Metro

Boulder

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Broomfield Workforce Center

100 Spader Way, Broomfield CO 80020

Denver Metro

Broomfield

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Building a Fairer Future

Checkr's Courses for Fair Chance Employers

Statewide

Checkr is a national company that conducts background checks. It is also a leader in the fair chance employment effort. As part of this work, the company is posting a free course and assessment to help employers implement fair chance hiring practices. Click on the website to learn more. The time commitment for the course is about two hours.

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Building a Pitch Deck

Learn how to make an online presentation about your business (pitch deck)

Defy Colorado mentor and co-founder Jason demonstrates the value of an accurate, attractive, and convincing pitch deck. Topics include: a pitch deck that needs no explanation, the value of eye candy, demonstrating your magic and more.

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Burlington Workforce Center

1457 Martin Ave., Burlington CO 80807

Northeast

Burlington

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Cañon City Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

3224 Independence Rd, Cañon City CO 81212

Southwest

Cañon City

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Cañon City Workforce Center

3224 Independence Road, Cañon City CO 81212

Southwest

Cañon City

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Centennial Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

6974 S. Lima Street, Centennial CO 80112

Denver Metro

Centennial

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Centennial–Arapahoe/Douglas Works!

6974 South Lima Street, Centennial CO 80112

Denver Metro

Centennial

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Colorado Springs

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Colorado Springs

888 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Denver

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Employment Opportunities–Denver

3532 Franklin Street, Suite S, Denver, CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CEO works to reduce recidivism and increase employment. They provide people returning home from incarceration immediate paid employment, skills training, and ongoing career support. To offer work experience, CEO operates transitional work crews that provide indoor/outdoor maintenance and neighborhood beautification services. In addition to work and daily pay, CEO provides wraparound vocational support services: on days you are not working, you'll receive job coaching to find full-time employment. Once you're in a full-time position, CEO continues working with you for a year to ensure you have the support you need to grow in your career.

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Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE)

1175 Osage Street, Suite 300, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

CWEE provides an integrated education and employment program for the busy adult. CWEE’s program includes comprehensive services to help people gain and sustain quality employment long-term. CWEE’s instructors focus on retaining participants and advancing them from one phase to the next. At CWEE you will be assigned to a designated team of professionals who will help you access resources, training and career exploration opportunities and skills to be competitive in today’s job market. CWEE’s classes are available 24/7 and include 1:1 career coaching. If needed, access to technology is provided. CWEE’s program is self-paced and people complete between 6-12 weeks. CWEE works with more than 150 employers and our network becomes your network. Interested in learning more, visit our website (www.cwee.org) or call us at 303.892.8444.

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Colorado Apprenticeship Directory

Statewide

Start here to find information about every apprenticeship training opportunity registered with Colorado. This directory is huge, so you can start by sorting it by occupation name, county, or industry (the three boxes at the top of the list). This will help you to look at what's available in your county, or by the name of the occupation, and so forth. The program name is the sponsor for the training. Click on the website listed to learn more. A sponsor can be a company, and it could also be a community college. If you find it confusing to figure out apprenticeship training for the career you want, go to your local Workforce Center. There are 54 in Colorado, and they're listed in the Jobs section on Remerg.com. Folks at the Workforce Centers are great sources of information about apprenticeships. Their help is free.

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Colorado Homebuilding Academy (pre-apprenticeship)

445 W. 53rd Place, Denver CO 80216

Denver Metro

Denver

Colorado Homebuilding Academy provides construction skills boot camps that you can complete in one month (four days a week) or in two months (two nights a week). The training is free if you are committeed to getting a career in construction. Most of the training is hands-on in the learning lab, and they provide connections to a career in the construction field after you finish the boot camp. CHA also has a two-week concrete training boot camp, AND a one-year construction management course where you can earn credits from Community College of Aurora. Click on the Get Started button on their website to learn about information sessions. You can also sign up for their reminders about classes. COVID-19 UPDATE: Services are by phone with no walk-ins. Virtual classes are held on Tuesdays.

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Colorado Springs Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

1365 Garden of the Gods, Suite 250, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Colorado Springs–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

1049 North Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs CO 80909

Southeast

Colorado Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space. You must register online for an appointment. You may also call the customer service number below for help.

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Colorado Springs–Pikes Peak Workforce Center (Main Office)

1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Southeast

Colorado Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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CommunityWorks–AuroraWorks

10139 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Through CommunityWorks, AuroraWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Leadership in Customer Service

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CommunityWorks–AuroraWorks

10139 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Denver Metro

Aurora

Through CommunityWorks, AuroraWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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CommunityWorks–ColoradoSpringsWorks

3750 Astrozon Blvd, Suite 120, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Through CommunityWorks, ColoradoSpringsWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Tattoo Apprenticeship • Tree Removal Apprenticeship • Restaurant Apprenticeship

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CommunityWorks–ColoradoSpringsWorks

3750 Astrozon Blvd, Suite 120, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Through CommunityWorks, ColoradoSpringsWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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CommunityWorks–DenverWorks

929 29th Street, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Through CommunityWorks, DenverWorks provides Colorado Department of Labor approved pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses that are federally recognized credentials. The trainings all include hands-on training, soft skills training, Moral-Recognition Therapy (fine tuning your thinking and how you think of yourself), and Parents on a Mission (become a better parent) training. The courses will prepare you for employment within the field of the courses. There may be costs associated with the program. If there are, there are scholarship opportunities. The courses available are: • Pre-Apprenticeship Construction • Construction Craft Laborer (Asphalt Apprenticeship) • Leadership in Customer Service

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CommunityWorks–DenverWorks

929 29th Street, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Through CommunityWorks, DenverWorks provides career preparation & placement. Participants who complete their job seeker workshop are matched with an employment coach who provides individualized job search assistance to include resume preparation, e-mail setup if needed, interview coaching, job leads, and community referrals for housing, transportation, healthcare, counseling, childcare, food and other support services. In addition, they provide life skills assistance to help address other issues related to success--financial management, time management, conflict resolution, anger management, parenting, reconciliation, and interpersonal communication skills. Call or email through the website link to get started. Click on the pdf to learn more!

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Connecting Colorado

Statewide

Connecting Colorado is a free website run by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that lists jobs. You can register with them and upload your resume. You can also click on the button that says "Why Register With Us" and do a quick job search by type of job and city. Pikes Peak Workforce Center made a video that explains how to use Connecting Colorado.

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Construction Careers Now (pre-apprenticeship)

3600 East 46th Avenue, Denver CO 80216

Central 70 Career Training & Resource Center

Denver Metro

Denver

Construction Careers Now is a no-cost 4 week pre-apprenticeship program offering OSHA 10 training and hands-on training in a variety of skilled trades and career paths. No experience is necessary and classes are offered monthly and run for four weeks, Mon-Thurs, 5-8pm and each cohort ends with a large scale hiring fair. Call or click on the website to enroll and learn more.

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Cortez Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

2208 E Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Cortez Workforce Center

2208 E. Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Craig Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

480 Barclay Street, Craig CO 81625

Northwest

Craig

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Divison of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Craig Workforce Center

480 Barclay, Craig CO 81625

Northwest

Craig

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Cripple Creek–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

166 E. Bennett Avenue, Aspen Mine Center, Cripple Creek CO 80813

Southeast

Cripple Creek

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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CrossPurpose

3050 Richard Allen Court, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

CrossPurpose provides a free six-month course to help you design and advance in a career. You'll have the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized credential in the medical field (medical assisting, medical admin, CNA, medical billing and coding), IT, finance, or construction and the trades. You'll also learn about interviews, writing resumes, developing professional skills, and more. Call to get started, or you can now apply online using their website!

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Culinary Quick Start (pre-apprenticeship)

1860 Lincoln Street, Denver CO 80203

Denver Metro

Denver

Emily Griffith's Culinary Quick Start program is located at Emily Griffith Technical College's main campus in Denver. They provide a free online three-week culinary training program that includes a hiring fair and connections to hundreds of employers. No experience is needed to get started. See website for more information, including the training schedule and online application. You can also earn a SERVSAFE certification during the training. The Culinary Quick Start program is not currently being offered.

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Delta Workforce Center

206 Ute Street, Delta CO 81416

Southwest

Delta

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Denver Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

2111 W. Evans Street, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Denver Indian Center’s Native Workforce Program

4407 Morrison Road, Denver CO 80219

Denver Metro

Denver

The Denver Indian Center Inc. (DICI) provides several programs, including the Native Workforce Program. To be eligible, you must be a resident of Colorado and a member of a federally recognized tribe. Documentation is required. The Native Workforce Program provides help with resumes, job referrals and placements, career planning, paid training opportunities, and many types of support. Call the number below or email Ryan@denverindiancenter.org to make an appointment and get started with their help. Here other just some of the services that the Native Workforce Program is providing at the moment: supplemental transportation assistance, work clothes, tools, child care assistance, textbook and materials assistance, training funding, laptop assistance, glasses assistance, resume assistance and career planning, paid work experience at one of our community partners, job search assistance, and testing and licensure fees.

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Denver Workforce Center at DIA

8500 Pena Blvd, Denver CO 80249

Denver Metro

Denver

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. The three Denver Workforce Centers are currently closed to in-person use, but they offer a wide range of virtual services for jobseekers. Click on the website link to learn more. You may also call the number below and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. Please be prepared when you call to tell the people who work at the call center the type of help you need. This will help them get you to the right person.

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Denver Workforce Center at Montbello

4685 Peoria Street Suite 251, Denver CO 80239

Denver Metro

Denver

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. The three Denver Workforce Centers are currently closed to in-person use, but they offer a wide range of virtual services for jobseekers. Click on the website link to learn more. You may also call the number below and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. Please be prepared when you call to tell the people who work at the call center the type of help you need. This will help them get you to the right person.

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Denver Workforce Center at Westside

1200 Federal Blvd., Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. The three Denver Workforce Centers are currently closed to in-person use, but they offer a wide range of virtual services for jobseekers. Click on the website link to learn more. You may also call the number below and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. Please be prepared when you call to tell the people who work at the call center the type of help you need. This will help them get you to the right person.

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Dress for Success

2425 S Colorado Blvd, #200 Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

From head to toe, Dress for Success can outfit you to look your best! Dress for Success--Denver provides professional clothing at no cost to women who are seeking economic independence. If you need clothing for a job interview, you'll need to be referred by a parole officer, re-entry specialist, probation officer, or community organization (see Community Organizations in the Jobs section for a long list). If you already have a job and need clothing, you may call the office directly to arrange a time to come in. This is also a great opportunity for people who self-identify as female (including those who still display as masculine) to get help with professional clothing.

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Durango Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

160 Rock Point Drive, Suite A, Durango CO 81301

Southwest

Durango

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Durango Workforce Center

331 S. Camino Del Rio, Suite C, Durango CO 81303

Southwest

Durango

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Edwards Workforce Center

69 Edwards Access Road, #11B, Edwards CO 81632

Northwest

Edwards

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Effective Communication

If you're asking people for something, you need to know how

What is effective communication? Mary, who's one of Defy's mentors, explains what effective communication is and how to improve your ability to talk to other people. These tips are helpful for entrepreneurs preparing for pitch competition as well as in everyday life.

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Email Etiquette & Marketing

Learn to write emails that successfully introduce your business--and much more!

Learn from a pro! Email marketing extraordinaire Katie gives several lessons in email structure and etiquette. Topics include: understanding your recipient, composing winning subject lines, landing interviews through email, authoring time saving templates, and more.

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Emily Griffith Technical College

Statewide

Emily Griffith Technical College provides the classes and credits you need for apprenticeship training. They partner with organizations throughout Colorado. Not all apprenticeship opportunities are the same though. it's recommended that you call everyone providing an apprenticeship in your area of interest to find out more. Ask about the time commitment. Ask whether they cover the costs. Click on the website link for the most recent flyer from Emily Griffith. There are options all over the state!

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Employment Services of Weld County–Fort Lupton

2950 9th Street, Fort Lupton CO 80621

Northeast

Fort Lupton

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Employment Solutions–Johnstown

4750 Larimer Pkwy, Suite 201, Johnstown CO 80534

Northeast

Johnstown

Employment Solutions has two locations in Colorado. They say their opportunities come in a wide array of shapes and forms, but the bulk consists of full-time, long-term, temp-to-hire opportunities. Click on the website and then click on Employees. There is a drop-down menu for you to apply online. Have confirmed they will consider hiring someone with a sex offense conviction.

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Empowerment Program

1600 York St, Denver CO 80206

Denver Metro

Denver

Empowerment Program provides education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals, and support services for women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection, and/or involvement in the criminal justice system. Call to make an appointment for their orientation which is held every Wednesday at 1:30pm. All services are free. LGBTQ friendly. Safety, support, trauma-informed help, relapse prevention, peer educators: they're all at Empowerment. EP is also a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services for women coming out of prison.

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Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Job Center

27888 Meadow Drive, Evergreen CO 80439

Denver Metro

Evergreen

Evergreen Christian Outreach, known as EChO, provides basic services to help people become self-sufficient. The EChO Job Center provides employment connections and referrals, job training, and more. The area served includes Evergreen, Kittredge, Idledale, Lookout Mountain, Genessee, Indian Hills, Morrison foothills, and 285 west of C-470 up to and including Conifer.

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Fair Chance Hiring Job Board

Remerg is a founding network partner of the Fair Chance Hiring Network

Remerg is proud to be a founding network partner with the Fair Chance Hiring Network. The Fair Chance Hiring Job Board is developed and led by the community organizations that work with people with a record. We seek out career path employers willing to hire and give someone a fair chance. Click on the website link and browse the jobs.

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Fair Chance Hiring Network

The Fair Chance Hiring Network is new collaborative effort to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and create more jobs by employing justice-involved individuals across the state of Colorado and beyond. Remerg is proud to be a founding network member. The website provides resources to help businesses that want to be fair chance employers, including a hiring toolkit, a job board where businesses may post jobs for free, and more!

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Fort Collins Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

2850 McClelland Dr, Suite 2000, Fort Collins CO 80525

Northeast

Fort Collins

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Fort Morgan Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

426 Ensign Street, Fort Morgan CO 80701

Northeast

Fort Morgan

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Fort Morgan Workforce Center

426 Ensign Street, Fort Morgan CO 80701

Northeast

Fort Morgan

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Frisco Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

602 Galena Street, Frisco CO 80443

Northwest

Frisco

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Frisco Workforce Center

602 Galena Street, Frisco CO 80443

Northwest

Frisco

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Getting Talent Back to Work Certificate from SHRM

The Getting Talent Back to Work certificate is a program created by the Society for Human Resource Management. The 10-hour program provides hiring managers, HR professionals, and others with the information and tools they need to attract, hire, and retain people with criminal records. It's completely free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to engage with the content, take the course, and earn the Getting Talent Back to Work certificate. Click on the website link to learn more.

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Glenwood Springs Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

401 23rd St, Suite 300, Glenwood Springs CO 81601

Northwest

Glenwood Springs

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Glenwood Springs Workforce Center

401 23rd Street, Suite 300, Glenwood Springs CO 8160

Northwest

Glenwood Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Golden Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

3500 Illinois St, Suite 1400, Golden CO 80401

Denver Metro

Golden

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Golden–Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center

Laramie Building, 3500 Illinois Street, Golden CO 80401

Denver Metro

Golden

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Goodwill Industries ReHire Colorado Program

1460 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs CO 80907

Denver Metro, Southeast

Colorado Springs

ReHire Colorado is an 11-week, transitional employment program that helps people re-enter the workforce. If you qualify, you can get paid, on-the-job training that will help you develop job skills and get a better job. The program is offered through Goodwill at Colorado Springs and Denver locations, as well as through other partners. Click on the website to learn more or call the number!

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Grand Junction Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

222 S 6th Street, Suite 215, Grand Junction CO 81501

Southwest

Grand Junction

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Grand Junction–Mesa County Workforce Center

512 29 1/2 Road, Grand Junction CO 81504

Northwest

Grand Junction

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Greeley Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

822 7th Street, Suite 350, Greeley CO 80631

Northeast

Greeley

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Greeley–Employment Services of Weld County

315 North 11th Avenue, Building B, Greeley CO 80631

Northeast

Greeley

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Gunnison Workforce Center

109 E. Georgia, Gunnison CO 81230

Southwest

Gunnison

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Homeward Alliance Reentry Program

242 Conifer St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Northeast

Fort Collins

Homeward Alliance’s Re-entry Program is located inside The Murphy Center. As a WAGEES grant recipient, their Re-entry program provides employment services, resource navigation and housing connections to individuals exiting the Colorado Department of Corrections. Calling the number below or emailing wagees@homewardalliance.org will be the best way to get a hold of them.

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Honest Jobs

Honest Jobs is a for-profit company that recently moved to Colorado. The website asks you to enroll and provide information about your background to get started and receive information about the jobs they post. You can also take a peek inside their database by clicking on Quick Search under the For Job Seekers tab.

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Hope House of Sterling

212 N. 3rd Street, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

Hope House of Sterling provides a safe and healthy haven for men, women, and families in northeast Colorado. Their Division Campus is for women and families and fully furnished. Their 3rd Street Campus is for single men and provides shared bedrooms with a shared kitchen and dining area. They are a WAGEES community partner and work with people coming out of DOC as well as with people on probation (and other situations on a case-by-case basis). Services include case management, connections to resources, classes, group therapy, faith-based services, life skills, and much more. You will need to fill out an application to be accepted. Call to learn more and to ask for an application.

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How to Raise Money

Don't give away your business in order to raise what you need to start your business

In this 16-minute video, Defy Colorado mentor and co-founder Jason introduces the concept of fundraising for your start-up. Topics include: investor types, acquiring capital without giving up control, defining profitability, and more.

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How to Set Up Your Business

Learn the difference between an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, and more

Defy Colorado mentor and co-founder Jason covers the dos & don'ts of incorporating your start-up. Topics include: not becoming a risky sole-proprietor through inaction, differences between LLCs, S Corps, and C Corps, and why filing as an LLC is generally the best option for most small start-ups.

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Idaho Springs–Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center

1531 Colorado Blvd., Idaho Springs CO 80452

Denver Metro

Idaho Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Jails to Jobs

Jails to Jobs is a nonprofit organization based in California that provides a website organized around employment opportunities. While it doesn't have a lot of job openings posted, it does have a lot of resources and information that may help with a job search.

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Jobs in Apprenticeships

List of apprenticeship opportunities

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce recently created a helpful page of links to find apprenticeship opportunities. Click on the website link, then scroll through the list.

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Jobs of Hope

1324 10th Avenue, Greeley, CO 80631

Northeast

Greeley

Jobs of Hope, Inc. was founded in 2013 for the purpose of providing support for men seeking to reenter the community and obtain a better quality of life. They write: "We are a faith-based non-profit focused on working to help gentlemen coming out of incarceration and/or gang-involvement leave behind years of legal problems. We believe that through Jesus’ love, case management, life skills training, assistance with employment and education we can be a bridge for our participant to reconnect with their families and community and vice-versa, to help our community engage with our participants and share our vision of seeing their potential to become positive and productive members of society." Call the number below or email info@jobsofhope.org and ask for an appointment to get started. If you don't have a phone or computer, you can also drop in and make an appointment for a later date.

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Justice Reskill

4800 Baseline Road, E104 #386, Boulder CO 80303

Statewide

Boulder

Justice Reskill is a nonprofit organization that works to secure greater opportunity and long-term financial stability for the justice-involved community. Their free reskilling platform teaches both technical and essential skills to provide a new pathway towards lasting career success in the IT field. They believe in supporting people as their whole selves (rather than focusing on singular skills), which guides everything they do from their accessible learning platform and diverse speaker programming, to their vibrant network of support made of folks with similar lived experiences. They offer their programs in partnership with the Department of Corrections as well as many Colorado reentry community partners. If you would like to learn more, please email info@justicereskill.com or call the number listed below.

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Kiowa–Elbert County Workforce Center

75 Ute Ave., Kiowa CO 80117

Northeast

Kiowa

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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KOBEYO App

Denver Metro

KOBEYO App lets you pick the schedule and wage you need, then sends you job matches for full- and part-time jobs in restaurants, cafes, retirement homes, hospitals, and more. Click on the website to learn more and get links for the free app on Android and Apple phones. While Kobeyo is not designed specifically for jobseekers with a criminal history, many of the companies listing jobs on this platform are fair chance employers.

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La Junta Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

101 Colorado Avenue, La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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La Junta Workforce Center

308 Santa Fe Ave., La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Lamar Workforce Center

405 East Olive St., Lamar CO 81052

Southeast

Lamar

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development–Fort Collins

200 W. Oak Street, Suite 5000, Fort Collins CO 80522

Northeast

Fort Collins

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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LeaderQuest–Colorado Springs (IT training)

7222 Commerce Center Drive, #235, Colorado Springs CO 80919

Southeast

Colorado Springs

LeaderQuest provides 5 to 10 day courses and 3 to 6 week programs that combine traditional instruction and hands-on labs to prepare you for IT certification exams. All courses are taught by a live instructor and LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per class. When your training is complete, their Career Services team will help you get hired. People with a criminal history are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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LeaderQuest–Denver (IT training)

6855 South Havana Street, Suite 230, Englewood CO 80112

Denver Metro

Denver

LeaderQuest provides 5 to 10 day courses and 3 to 6 week programs that combine traditional instruction and hands-on labs to prepare you for IT certification exams. All courses are taught by a live instructor and LeaderQuest covers the cost of one certification attempt per class. When your training is complete, their Career Services team will help you get hired. The classes aren't free, but Workforce Centers and VA programs can sometimes help with the cost. Call for more information. People with a criminal history are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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Leadville Workforce Center

901 S. Highway 24, Room 219, Leadville CO 80461

Northwest

Leadville

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Life-Line

1212 Mariposa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Life-Line works with people of all ages who struggle with substance abuse and/or are transitioning out of gangs or incarceration. They provide counseling, mentoring, case management, pro-social activities, life skills, resource connections, career exploration and job readiness training. Life-Line is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry help for people coming out of prison. They specialize in programs that support fatherhood, gang disengagement, substance abuse, and aggression replacement.

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Limon Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

825 Second Street, Limon CO 80828

Northeast

Limon

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Limon Workforce Center

285 D Avenue, Limon CO 80828

Southeast

Limon

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Loaves & Fishes Ministry

241 Justice Center Road, Canon City CO 81212

Southeast

Canon City

Loaves & Fishes Ministry in Fremont County provides a food pantry, emergency shelter, housing assistance, transportation, connections to medical and mental health care, and financial assistance. Loaves & Fishes is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides re-entry services for people leaving prison in Colorado. This includes help with employment.

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Longmont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

825 Delaware Ave, Suite 402, Longmont CO 80501

Northeast

Longmont

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Longmont–Workforce Boulder County

515 Coffman Street, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Loveland–Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development

200 Peridot Avenue, #100, Loveland CO 80537

Northeast

Loveland

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Meeker Workforce Center

345 Market Street, Meeker CO 81641

Northwest

Meeker

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Mi Casa Resource Center

345 S Grove Street, Denver CO 80219

Denver Metro

Denver

Mi Casa Resource Center believes in the potential of all people to achieve their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. Mi Casa works with the Latino community, working families, and immigrants. They provide workplace skills training (including resume, cover letter, references,) financial literacy courses, legal clinic, mental health counseling, tax preparation, and education programs. Mi Casa also supports entrepreneurs, helping them explore, launch, and grow their business through bilingual consulting, in-depth training, and a variety of business-related workshops and resources.

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Mile High Workshop (pre-apprenticeship)

13280 E. Mississippi Ave., Aurora CO 80012

Denver Metro

Aurora

Mile High WorkShop offers transitional employment and training opportunities for people experiencing barriers to employment due to criminal backgrounds, incarceration and/or recovery from homelessness and addiction. They provide paid training, support, counseling, and referrals to resources, and help transitioning to your next job. COVID-19 Update: They are currently not doing any hiring events. You can still submit a form of interest online or call in for an interview. As of October 2021, their new location will be 3795 E 38th Avenue, Denver CO 80205.

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Monte Vista Workforce Center

2079 Sherman Avenue, Monte Vista CO 81144

Southwest

Monte Vista

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Montrose Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

504 N 1st Street, Montrose CO 81401

Southwest

Montrose

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Montrose Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (at Delta Workforce Center)

206 Ute Street, Delta CO 81416

Southwest

Delta

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Montrose Workforce Center

504 North 1st St., Montrose CO 81401

Southwest

Montrose

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Mountain Temp Services–Aspen

409 ABC, Suite A, Aspen, CO 81611

Northwest

Aspen

Mountain Temp Services, Aspen office, has positions in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and experienced tradesmen (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services–Carbondale

981 Cowen Drive, Suite E, Carbondale CO 81623

Northwest

Carbondale

Mountain Temp Services, Carbondale has positions in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, maintenance, ranching and light industry. They offer positions in skilled and unskilled labor, property maintenance, tradesmen (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.), housekeeping, laundry, and secretarial. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services–Dillon

114 Village Place, Suite G-1, Dillon CO 80435

Northwest

Dillon

Mountain Temp Services Dillon office is continually recruiting experienced room attendants and housekeepers, general laborers, landscapers and carpenters. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services–Rifle

1423 Airport Road, Unit 6, Rifle CO 81650

Northwest

Rifle

Mountain Temp Services provides the Rifle community with employment opportunities in construction, landscaping, administrative services and the oil and gas industry. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services–Steamboat Springs

1815 Central Park Plaza, Unit #101B, Steamboat Springs CO 80478

Northwest

Steamboat Springs

Mountain Temp Services’ Steamboat Springs office has positions in the Steamboat Springs area in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, office and administrative work, light industry, maintenance, excavating, and landscaping. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Mountain Temp Services–Vail

41184 Hwy 6 & 24, Suite #150, Eagle Vail, CO 81620

Northwest

Vail

Mountain Temp Services’ Vail office has positions in the Vail and Eagle Valley area in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, office and administrative work, light industry, maintenance, excavating, and landscaping. Mountain Temp Services offers temporary, temp to perm, part time, and permanent placement for jobs. Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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MTS Mobile Staffing–Denver

1567 South Colorado Blvd, Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

MTS Mobile Staffing Denver has positions for highly motivated, reliable and honest employees in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and trades (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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MTS Mobile Staffing–Fort Collins

4619 S Mason Street, Unit C5, Fort Collins CO 80525

Northeast

Fort Collins

MTS Mobile Staffing Fort Collins has positions for highly motivated, reliable and honest employees in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and trades (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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MTS Mobile Staffing–Longmont

1716 N. Main Street, Suite C, Longmont CO 80501

Denver Metro

Longmont

MTS Mobile Staffing Longmont has positions in commercial and residential construction, hospitality, landscaping, office and administrative work, light industry (mechanics, warehousing, etc.), skilled and unskilled labor, maintenance, and trades (carpenters, construction foremen, masons, welders, etc.). Call field recruiter Waylon Shaw, who helps people with a criminal history with the job search, at 970-302-5047.

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Northglenn Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

11990 Grant St, Suite 201, Northglenn CO 80233

Denver Metro

Northglenn

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Perseverance Staffing

5303 E Evans Ave #104, Denver CO 80222

Denver Metro

Denver

Perseverance Staffing has a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis. Call or email them via their website.

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Prosper CO

Prosper CO is an effort to identify and understand the disparities in economic prosperity and develop a range of solutions to close the gaps. If you're an employer looking to learn more, start with their TOP 10 list, linked below. Step 4 is how to show your commitment to fair chance hiring.

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Pueblo Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

720 N Main St, Suite 320, Pueblo CO 81003

Southeast

Pueblo

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Pueblo Workforce Center

212 W 3rd Street, Pueblo CO 81003

Southeast

Pueblo

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 847

5575 Tejon Street, Denver CO 80221

Denver Metro

Denver

If you want to be an iron worker, contact the Reinforcing Ironworkers Local 847 office. The phone number is for business agent Dylan Dalton, who has jobs statewide and the sky’s the limit ($40/hour) if you can handle the physical labor. They don’t require a GED or driver’s license but you must have proven transportation other than public. Their unpaid 3-5 day Gladiator training lets you know how hard the job is. A paid apprenticeship starts at $17.50/hour, with an opportunity to earn $23-$25/hour after six months of apprenticeship if you’re successful and take classes.

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Rifle Workforce Center

216 W. 3rd Street, Rifle CO 81650

Southwest

Rifle

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

1209 West 10th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Get help launching your own business with Denver-based RMMFI

Denver Metro

Denver

The Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute (RMMFI) helps people transform into serious entrepreneurs through personal, business, and financial investments. RMMFI serves its entrepreneurs with both ​business development​ and ​lending services​. Click on the website to learn more. Click on Re/Launch to take their Dream Survey to get started.

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Saint Francis Center Employment Services

1400 N. Williams Street (inside Althea Center), Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

Saint Francis Center Employment Services works with individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness and those that are currently or previously justice involved. They address barriers to employment, providing comprehensive case management and workforce development. They also offer a rapid re-housing program, direct support, and transportation assistance. Guests are welcome to utilize their full service computer lab. All resources are available to guests once they have completed a one time orientation, held every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am. Please call to get started.

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Salesforce (IT training)

Statewide

Salesforce provides free online IT training in a customer software platform used by many companies. Their training called Trailhead lets you learn at your own pace and earn certification. Watch the video to learn more.

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Salida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

448 E First St, Suite 216, Salida CO 81201

Southwest

Salida

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Salida Workforce Center

448 E. 1st Street, Suite 201, Salida CO 81201

Southwest

Salida

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Second Chance Business Coalition

The Second Chance Business Coalition is a coalition of large private companies committed to expanding second chance, also known as fair chance, hiring practices. Co-chairs Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Craig Arnold of Eaton write: "When people are given a fair opportunity to participate in the workforce, our economy and society are stronger. That is why we’re proud to serve as co-chairs of the Second Chance Business Coalition. Our goal is to encourage the nation’s largest employers to give more people with criminal backgrounds a second chance at the dignity of a good job and a better life for themselves and their families." The website provides tools and resources for companies that want to hire people with a criminal record.

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Second Chance Center

224 Potomac Street, Aurora, CO 80011

Denver Metro

Aurora

Second Chance Center provides formerly incarcerated people and their network with education, resources, and support to successfully re-enter the community and cultivate a rewarding life. Services provided include mentoring, cognitive restructuring, pre-release and post-release planning, housing connections, employment services, transportation, addiction counseling, relationship counseling, fitness training, mental health services, food and clothing, and art therapy.

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Second Chances Denver

3500 South Logan Street, Englewood CO 80113

Denver Metro

Englewood

Second Chances Denver helps women learn valuable job skills and receive life skills guidance and technology education from volunteer coaches and peer mentors. Their focus area includes Englewood, Sheridan, Littleton, and western Centennial. To get started, you must call the number below or email Claire at claire@secondchancesdenver.org. Their focus is women, especially single mothers and grandmothers.

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Servicios de la Raza–Behavioral Health

200 South Sheridan Boulevard, Denver CO 80226

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides outpatient mental health and substance use services to underserved and uninsured populations. Their approach is very flexible and understanding of individual paths and they can offer you a multitude of clinical approaches that promote healthy outcomes. This newly added location is also a WAGEES funded provider & they can assist you with Re-Entry Services.

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Servicios de la Raza–Main Office

3131 West 14th Avenue, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Servicios de la Raza is a bilingual nonprofit that provides many different programs, including health enrollment; basic emergency services such as food and clothing, mental health program, HIV/Aids services, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and an apprenticeship program for people wanting a job in the trades. Servicios is a WAGEES grant recipient and provides a re-entry program for people leaving prison in Colorado.

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Small Town Project

208 N Main Street, Rocky Ford CO 81067

Southwest

Rocky Ford

Small Town Project provides a shared workspace with the use of computer, Fiber-Internet, printers, and fax machines. They provide technical assistance to help with small business startup, career exploration and development, and access other resources. They also provide a food pantry with healthy, organic, and locally sourced foods. Small Town Project is open to all people in southeast Colorado regardless of income, place of residence or citizenship status. WAGEES Southeast Health Group in La Junta refers people to Small Town Project for their services.

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Solid Rock Community Development Corporation

2520 Arlington Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80910

Southeast

Colorado Springs

Solid Rock Community Development Corporation is building community by investing in housing, small businesses, and infrastructure. The Program provides one-on-one consulting and assistance with starting your own business, preferably in southeast Colorado Springs. They also provide services that include affordable housing, business support If you live in the area and want to know more, give them a call at 719-393-7625, or email them at srcdc@solidrockcdc.com.

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Southeast Health Group WAGEES

711 Barnes Avenue, La Junta CO 81050

Southeast

La Junta

Southeast Health Group is a WAGEES grant provider of re-entry services. They cover six counties in southeast Colorado: Crowley, Kiowa, Otero, Bent, Prowers, and Baca. Services include goal-setting, connections toward those goals such as employment, recovery, housing, ID documents, clothes, shoes and tools for work, education, and more. Call to make an appointment.

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Southern Colorado Criminal Justice Peer Navigator

Southeast, Southwest

The southern Colorado criminal resource navigator helps people in southern Colorado connect to resources and help in 12 counties, from Mineral to Prowers. You don't have to be justice-involved. She'll help any human being with anything. She has basic hygiene, family reunification, recovery and MAT services, employment, and many more connections. Call and leave a message and she'll get back to you within a day or two.

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Southwest Conservation Corps

Southwest

Salida/Alamosa

Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) has opportunities for young adults ages 18-24 in the San Luis Valley. Young adults with criminal records are warmly encouraged to apply. SCC provides youth, young adults, and veterans with structured, safe and challenging service and educational opportunities through projects that promote personal growth, the development of social skills, and an ethic of natural resource stewardship. SCC Los Valles runs programming out of Salida and Alamosa, and their main office is in Salida.

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Steamboat Springs Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

345 Anglers Dr, Bldg E Suite C, Steamboat Springs CO 80488

Northwest

Steamboat Springs

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Steamboat Springs Workforce Center

425 Anglers Drive D-2, Steamboat Springs CO 80487

Northwest

Steamboat Springs

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Sterling Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

100 College Ave, Walker Hall Room 1, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Sterling Workforce Center

100 Broadway, #24, Sterling CO 80751

Northeast

Sterling

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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The Gathering Place

1535 High Street, Denver CO 80218

Denver Metro

Denver

The Gathering Place provides help for women, transgender individuals, and their children. They provide a wide range of programs and services, including meals, food bank, family program, showers, laundry, phone access, mail access, nap room, health services, clothing bank, high school equivalency preparation, job readiness, a computer lab, and more!

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The Master’s Apprentice

646 Mariposa Street, #202, Denver, CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

The Master's Apprentice is a faith-based pre-apprentice program that prepares you to enter the trades and assists in career placement. The program is for people 18-40 years old, but they will consider someone younger or older than this age range on a case-by-case basis. The program prepares you to work in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, welding, masonry, or HVAC. You must have your high school diploma or equivalency (GED) and be able to pass a drug test. It's preferable that you have your driver's license. You can apply online through their website or call to learn more.

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The Pinon Project

210 E Main Street, Cortez CO 81321

Southwest

Cortez

The Pinon Project is a family resource center that provides help with family programs (parenting support, check and connect for youth, helping at-risk children, fatherhood programs, support group for parents with children with challenging behaviors and diagnosis, safe care for infant care, supervised visitation and emergency services for those facing eviction or a utility crisis). As a WAGEES grant recipient, they can refer you to help with finding a job, housing, education, peer group, and other programs in the area. COVID-19 UPDATE: They are providing support by phone and virtual classes. You may call for help with community resources.

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The Place

423 Cucharras Street, Colorado Springs CO 80903

Southeast

Colorado Springs

The Place ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives. The Place aids youth ages 15-24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. They provide outreach programs, assistance with shelters and housing programs. Youth services include education assistance, on site health and medical care, family and life skills programs, Job Readiness Training (JRT), career training services, job search assistance, job placement and job retention services. All services are free and individualized with the help of a Case Manager.

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The Right Way Foundation HVAC Academy & Maintenance Training

1010 South Joliet Street, Aurora CO 80012

Denver Metro

Aurora

Looking for a career in heating and cooling? The Right Way Foundation offers a 96-day program held on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6-9pm. If you pass the ESCO EPA test in all section, you will receive a universal license. For graduates, job placement services are provided throughout Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas. You can also take their general maintenance training course to get certificate in CPO certification programs. This training course lasts 30 days. Click on the website link to learn more and send an email. You can also call the number provided.

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Thrive–Transformation at Work

400 West South Boulder Road, Suite 1700, Lafayette, CO 80026

Denver Metro

Lafayette

Thrive--Transformation at Work is an employment support program that helps people overcome barriers and work their way to self-sufficiency and stability through employment. Thrive offers a four-day employment workshop for those who are unemployed or underemployed. Individuals are then paired with an employment coach that walks alongside them for one year. In addition, they have a network of employers in a wide range of industries. The first step for you would be to fill out an application on the Thrive website. Employers can complete an employer partner application on the website as well.

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Trinidad Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

140 N Commercial, Trinidad CO 81082

Southeast

Trinidad

Don't overlook this type of help if you're getting out of jail or prison and looking for a job. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offices help people with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain a job. Their counselors will provide a range of services based on your employment needs and goals. They also help entrepreneurs who want to be self-employed. Click on the website link to learn more. Call your local office and ask for an intake appointment.

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Trinidad Workforce Center

140 North Commercial, Trinidad CO 81082

Southeast

Trinidad

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Untapped Talent by Jeffrey Korzenik

Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community was written by Jeffrey Korzenik, chief investment strategist for a commercial bank. Released in April 2021, you can get a copy from The Tattered Cover now. Jeff participated in our own Fair Chances Hiring Event in March and gave an inspiring talk making the business case for fair chance hiring. "You are not a burden. You are a resource," Jeff writes in his book's Note to the Currently Incarcerated, setting the tone to the work for all of us who care about fair chance hiring.

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Urban Peak–Denver

1630 S Acoma Street, Denver CO 80223

Denver Metro

Denver

Urban Peak’s Employment and Training Services team aids youth ages 15 -24 experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Services include Job Readiness Training (JRT), career training services, job search assistance, job placement and job retention services. All services are free and individualized.

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Walsenburg–Southeast Workforce Center

201 East 5th Street, Suite 19, Walsenburg CO 81089

Southeast

Walsenburg

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Westminster–Adams County Workforce & Business Center

11860 Pecos St. Westminster CO 80234

Denver Metro

Westminster

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Women’s Bean Project

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project operates a food manufacturing business, while providing support as you move forward on your new path towards self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary job readiness and life skills needed to set you on a pathway for long-term success. They hire women who come from all walks of life and different backgrounds who are struggling to get or keep a job. If you are in a similar situation, they urge you to apply to work in their 7 month transitional employment program. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a history of unemployment to qualify. Here’s what you can expect during your time at Women’s Bean Project: Full-time paid employment as a Production Assistant, working Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM over the course of 7 months. Program classes such as computer training, budgeting, adult education, resume writing, interview skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships & self-improvement. Assistance with navigating basic needs resources for child care, housing, transportation, food, medical and dental services. Personalized job coaching and group sessions to provide you with professional skills and support as you move into your next chapter. How to Apply: They hire MONTHLY. APPLY IN-PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Women’s Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205

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Women’s Bean Project (pre-apprenticeship)

3201 Curtis St, Denver CO 80205

Denver Metro

Denver

Women’s Bean Project operates a food manufacturing business, while providing support as you move forward on your new path towards self-sufficiency. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary job readiness and life skills needed to set you on a pathway for long-term success. They hire women who come from all walks of life and different backgrounds who are struggling to get or keep a job. If you are in a similar situation, they urge you to apply to work in their 7 month transitional employment program. You must be at least 21 years of age and have a history of unemployment to qualify. Here’s what you can expect during your time at Women’s Bean Project: Full-time paid employment as a Production Assistant, working Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM over the course of 7 months. Program classes such as computer training, budgeting, adult education, resume writing, interview skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships & self-improvement. Assistance with navigating basic needs resources for child care, housing, transportation, food, medical and dental services. Personalized job coaching and group sessions to provide you with professional skills and support as you move into your next chapter. How to Apply: They hire MONTHLY. APPLY IN-PERSON MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM at Women’s Bean Project, 3201 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205

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Woodland Park–Pikes Peak Workforce Center

Public Library Resource Center, 218 E. Midland Avenue, Woodland Park CO 80863

Southeast

Woodland Park

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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Work Options (pre-apprenticeship)

1200 Federal Boulevard, Denver CO 80204

Denver Metro

Denver

Work Options provides a free culinary job training program for all gender identities. They offer students the opportunity to learn from professional chefs as well as life skills development, case management and job readiness activities, including mock interviewing and job placement. Their program helps people gain the skills necessary to build confidence, maintain employment, and the opportunity to earn up to four certificates, including the nationally recognized American Culinary Federation Prep Cook Certificate. Students also earn cash incentives each week for modeling employable behaviors. Work Options' mobile culinary classroom (MCC) is a 23-day culinary job training specifically designed for persons impacted by the criminal justice system. The Work Options Training Center is located in the Denver Human Services Castro Building (1200 Federal Blvd). Please contact Kristi Hornick at 970.290.1572 or kristi@workoptions.org to learn more and register.

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WorkNOW

4685 Peoria Street, Suite 241, Denver CO 80239

Statewide

Denver

If you need training or a job in the construction industry, contact Thais Gutierrez with WorkNOW. The program offers help with job searches (resumes, interviewing skills, cover letter), connections to training opportunities, and connections to employers. Orientations are held via Zoom every Wednesday from 9:30-10:30am. You may call Thais at the number below or email her at TGutierrez@eckerd.org. The help is free; the only requirement is a desire to learn and work in the construction field.

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Yuma Workforce Center

529 N. Albany Street, Suite 1210, Yuma CO 80759

Northeast

Yuma

A workforce center can help you find a job and learn about training opportunities, including apprenticeships. Some centers have people who specialize in helping people with a criminal history with their job search. If you’re between 18 and 24, be sure to ask about job opportunities for young adults and youth. Call and ask to make an appointment with a specialist. If you need other resources, ask if the workforce center has a resource center and if you may reserve a space.

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